Yana Mintoff Bland re­calls near-death ex­pe­ri­ence in knife at­tack

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Yana Mintoff Bland told a court yes­ter­day how an ar­gu­ment spi­ralled into an al­leged knife at­tack by her for­mer part­ner Gho­erghe Popa.

She tes­ti­fied in the com­pi­la­tion of ev­i­dence against Mr Popa, 38, who stands charged, among other things, with hold­ing her against her will, slightly in­jur­ing her and her son. He is plead­ing not guilty.

The in­ci­dent took place in the evening of 24 Oc­to­ber at Ms Mintoff Bland’s res­i­dence in Tarx­ien.

The first to tes­tify yes­ter­day was Police In­spec­tor Spirid­ione Zam­mit, who said that he spoke to Yana Mintoff Bland and her son Daniel Main­war­ing, 32, at the Paola health cen­tre. She was suf­fer­ing slash wounds on her left wrist and on the left side of her chest.

The police were told that the ar­gu­ment broke out on the ground floor of the res­i­dence af­ter Mr Popa sus­pected that Ms Mintoff Bland was hav­ing an affair with another man.

Daniel Main­war­ing, Ms Mintoff Bland’s son, also suf­fered wounds on his left leg af­ter in­ter­ven­ing.

In­spec­tor Zam­mit then said that he found a fire on his re­turn to Ms Mintoff Bland’s home

The police dis­cov­ered Mr Popa af­ter fol­low­ing drops of blood near a tree. The man was found with four knife wounds to the stom­ach; the wounds were all deemed to be self-in­flicted by court ap­pointed foren­sic ex­perts.

Mr Popa was rushed in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion to Mater Dei Hospi­tal. Upon his re­lease on 10 Novem­ber he was in­ter­ro­gated by police, and it was as­cer­tained that Mr Popa did in fact han­dle the knife while he also re­called in­flict­ing one of the wounds.

Next to give ev­i­dence was Ms Mintoff Bland who said that she had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Mr Popa af­ter be­com­ing ac­quainted at a dance class two years be­fore.

Ms Mintoff Bland then told the court that in the months that pre­ceded the in­ci­dent, MrPopa be­gan to act in a very ir­ra­tional and sus­pi­cious man­ner.

Their re­la­tion­ship had ended twice be­fore the in­ci­dent due to Mr Popa’s con­stant jeal­ousy and threats to take his own life.

Ms Mintoff Bland thanked her son for help­ing her on the day of the at­tack which oc­curred af­ter she re­turned home from a din­ner with Mr Main­war­ing, a court heard.

As she at­tempted to col­lect Mr Popa’s be­long­ings in order for him to va­cate the premises, he at­tacked her and at­tempted to stab her.

De­fence lawyer Ben­jamin Valen­zia re­quested bail, but this was de­nied.

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